Valegro: Charlotte Dujardin's gold-winning mount is retired

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Valegro and Dujardin reprise Olympic-winning routine
The London International Horse Show
Venue: Olympia, London Dates: 13-19 December
Coverage: Live TV coverage on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, app and connected TV; highlights on BBC Two on 21 December

Valegro, who won three Olympic golds with Britain's Charlotte Dujardin, has been retired from competition after a farewell ceremony in London.

The 14-year-old, who formed one half of the sport's most successful partnerships with Dujardin, 31, performed a special routine at Olympia.

"He's just the best," said Dujardin after reprising her London 2012 test.

Dujardin is weighing up several possible successors, including Mount St John Freestyle, for Tokyo 2020.

Although he is retiring from competition, Valegro will continue to give celebrity appearances and demonstrations.

"I want to retire him at the top of his game because he owes me absolutely nothing," said Dujardin.

"Now we can take the pressure off and go around and really enjoy ourselves. He deserves that."

Meanwhile Carl Hester, who is Dujardin's Great Britain team-mate, mentor, trainer and co-owner of Valegro, added freestyle victory to Tuesday's dressage success aboard Nip Tuck with a score of 84.669%.

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Watch Dujardin's world record-breaking routine from Olympia 2014

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